Friday, 14 August 2015

Summer school holiday activities!

Look no further for family friendly activities these Summer holidays, come rain or shine… 

50 things Fridays

(C) National Trust Images / John Millar
Every Friday this August, Beningbrough Hall will be holding a different staff led activity. This gives all children, big and small, the opportunity to tick some more activities off the National Trust’s ’50 Things to do before you’re 11¾' list, especially those trickier ones which you might not be able to complete yourself. On the 14th, it’s your chance to discover what lives in a pond, at 12pm or 2pm. On the 21st, you can go on a bug hunt, explore inside a tree, and you might even get to hold a scary beast! Again, this will take place at 12pm and 2pm.

On other days you can tick off around 35 of the list at Beningbrough so grab your free scrap book from the bothy, pick up a spotter sheet and decide where to start - build a den, climb a tree, roll down a hill and undoubtedly run around in the rain!

Explorer backpacks

(C) National Trust Images / John Millar

The learning team here at Beningbrough have put together some special backpacks full of gadgets to turn you into an explorer for the day. The pack includes bird fact sheets complete with pictures and binoculars, so that you can go bird watching and identify the different types of birds that you find. There is also a bug magnifier box, so you can take a closer look at the various creepy crawlies. The map and compass points allow you to go on an adventure, and explore different parts of the grounds and parklands here at Beningbrough.

(c) National Trust Images / Sue Jordan

The explorer packs can be borrowed from the shop, they're free with a £5 returnable deposit.

Summer fun even when it’s raining!


(c) National Trust Images / Cathy Thornton

The popular craft workshop Artrageous is running over the school holidays, with a different royal themed activity each week to celebrate the final 2 years of the Royals: then and now display. This week (beginning the 10th), you can create your very own royal costume. Next week will be making your own stained glass palace, and the third week we’ll be designing our own coat of arms. Artrageous happens every Sunday and Wednesday from 1pm- 3pm. 

Find us set up in the Hayloft above the stable shop (accessible by stairs only).

The great hall

(C) National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

In the house itself, there are a wide variety of activities to keep you entertained, even if the weather is wet. The Clarence the Corgi trail takes you round the royal themed portraits inside, and gives you quirky facts and things to do along the way. On the second floor of the house, look for the interactive computer, where you can create your own virtual family portrait! Other activities include sculpting a nose especially for a sculpture that is missing one, dressing up with gowns and masks, and a pre-school play area filled with toys and games.

More fun in the Sun

(C) National Trust Images / Megan Taylor

Last but not least, there are some things that we have to play with all year round, but are particularly fun in Summer. The bikes and trikes, that you can find around the gardens are perfect for whizzing around in, and discovering hidden nooks and crannies. We also have our wilderness play area, complete with swings, climbing frame and den zone.

So there are plenty of reasons to have a family day out at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens these Summer holidays!

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